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Senor Fabuloso
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Many of us came to magic from the TV magic kits, sold obviously on TV. In that vein, what magic kit's are today's gateway into magic?

Criss Angel magic kits for sure https://www.amazon.com/Criss-Angel-Ultim......y&sr=8-4 https://www.amazon.com/Criss-Angel-Platinum-Magic-Black/dp/B00BT957OU/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Criss+Angel+magic+kits&qid=1551780330&s=gateway&sr=8-5 https://www.amazon.com/Criss-Angel-MINDF......y&sr=8-3

Marvin's Magic Freaky Body Illusions https://www.amazon.com/Marvins-Magic-Fre......-1-spell

Marvin's Magic iMagic Interactive Box of Tricks https://www.amazon.com/Marvins-Magic-iMa......&sr=8-10 This one I think is very special as it's to my knowledge the first magic set that incorporates your phone.

Any others? And if anybody has pictures of older magic kits like from the 17th 18th and early 19th century I'd love to see them.
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I have Criss Angel's kit. It has a Svengali deck and a regular deck. Neither is great quality.

My local magic store--yes, we actually have one--recommends Penn & Teller's magic kit.
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My first set was a 1928 Gilbert that I so wish I still had. The real magic was that my dad had kept it intact and hidden from when he was a boy.

He got it in 1931. I got it for Christmas in 1954. My siblings destroyed it in 1956 out of idle curiosity.

One great feature was a set of metal containers with blue lids. These are used in many different tricks such as -
serving as cups, an Okito box and the lids for a"shell game."

I have explored many sets since, including "Doug & Malissa" quality sets. None can match this early set as to quality and focus on magic impact over props.

I have has success in giving small, inexpensive 5-trick boxes to kids after a show where two included two of the tricks.

I have never seen a set "sold on TV" so can't compare. Don't watch much TV and have little money Smile

I have never known any relative gifted a large set by parents to do be "turned on" to magic. But have seen kids already truned on
to benefit form any kit they get.
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Well Funsway, if you took a poll of magicians who got into magic around the 70s, you'd find many of them came to magic through the TV Magic Set or Cards hawked by Marshall Brodien. For many, Magic kits and simple tricks, are the gateway to magic and once the bug bites, it infects the blood. My post was just to see if the waters have changed concerning kits. Things change and it's possible that the internet brings more to magic than the kits do, these days? I was just curious.
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On Mar 5, 2019, Ravenspur wrote:
I have Criss Angel's kit. It has a Svengali deck and a regular deck. Neither is great quality.


The thing about those decks in his kit are that one has a number 1 on the side the other a 2 Smile

I made a invisible deck out of one of his regular decks and tell a story about, how he freaked my mind with it and passed the power to me. Great fun.
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The Penn n Teller kit is pretty cool Smile
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Magic sets are totally seductive. My first was a set called Hocus Pocus, and then the TV Magic Set after that.

There is another thread here that discusses magic sets, probably several, but like Funsway, my current favorites are the sets put out by Melissa and Doug: https://www.melissaanddoug.com/discovery......ets-sets

They are all wood, well made, and quite substantial. Best of all, they don't look like toys. Highly recommended.
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I am really impressed with the stuff that Night Academy (www.thenightacademy.com) is putting out.

I had not heard of this before, but I was in the Magic Castle gift shop at the end of last year and I saw this kit on shelf. Something about it struck me as interesting and I bought it on a lark figuring, if nothing else, I would just have it as part of my personal collection of random magic crap.

Boy was I wrong. This was real stuff--well made and well taught. A fantastic intro kit that teaches real sleights with well-made props. There was material in there that I would totally do on my own--not just kid stuff. I look at who's behind this and then it all makes sense--it's Jim Steinmeyer (which probably explains why it was in the Castle gift shop), Nicholas Night, Mike Caveney, Jonathan Levit and others.

They are doing it as something you can subscribe to if you want to continue--a box of the month thing. That could get pricey. But the material and training videos in the first box--the one I bought at the Castle--was solid at least.
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On Apr 27, 2019, EvilClown wrote:
I am really impressed with the stuff that Night Academy (www.thenightacademy.com) is putting out.

I had not heard of this before, but I was in the Magic Castle gift shop at the end of last year and I saw this kit on shelf. Something about it struck me as interesting and I bought it on a lark figuring, if nothing else, I would just have it as part of my personal collection of random magic crap.

Boy was I wrong. This was real stuff--well made and well taught. A fantastic intro kit that teaches real sleights with well-made props. There was material in there that I would totally do on my own--not just kid stuff. I look at who's behind this and then it all makes sense--it's Jim Steinmeyer (which probably explains why it was in the Castle gift shop), Nicholas Night, Mike Caveney, Jonathan Levit and others.


They are doing it as something you can subscribe to if you want to continue--a box of the month thing. That could get pricey. But the material and training videos in the first box--the one I bought at the Castle--was solid at least.


Thanks for pointing these boxes out EvilClown! They are by far the best kit I’ve ever seen. I will definitely be recommending that site to parents.
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I remember Remco's Sneaky Pete Magic Sets. There were three sizes and each contained some pretty good stuff! (NOT repackaged slum magic.)

C'mon Senior Sorcerers, I know you must remember these treasures being advertised on T.V., too...
(steam powered T.V.'s in the late 1950's or early 1960's)

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Good old Google image search brings back these memories Julie. I remember...
https://www.google.com/search?q=sneaky+p......bih=1028
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I believe I had the middle size one. This was the one with the mirror cabinet etc., but not the changing "chafing dish".

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For me, the Tenyo Magic World Set is an excellent one but there are no English instructions for it.

The variety of tricks and quality is top notch, especially for a magic set but learning how to use some of them can be quite challenging unless you read Japanese. The set comes with a substantial instruction booklet and a DVD showing some demos.
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Apparently, I'm the "UPC"! (underprivileged kid).

I never had a magic set.

In 1938, I saw Stanley The Magician (the late Stanley Susan). He presented his show at the local Jr. High School. The admission was 5 cents. (The Great Depression --a hamburger was 5 cents!)

The other kids (I was 8) left when the curtain closed. I went backstage to tell him that I had (during his show) decided to forget about being being a cowboy or a fireman. I had decided to be a magician.

It took a couple years, but I managed to do it! I still am. That was 81 years ago. It has been a wonder filled llfe!
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I actually have a small collection of magic sets, my favorites of course are the Mysto Magic sets put out by A.C. Gilbert (Erector set fame). I currently have about 50 old/new magic sets.Older sets of course had a little better quality, more metal and less plastic.
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On Apr 27, 2019, EvilClown wrote:
I am really impressed with the stuff that Night Academy (www.thenightacademy.com) is putting out.

I had not heard of this before, but I was in the Magic Castle gift shop at the end of last year and I saw this kit on shelf. Something about it struck me as interesting and I bought it on a lark figuring, if nothing else, I would just have it as part of my personal collection of random magic crap.

Boy was I wrong. This was real stuff--well made and well taught. A fantastic intro kit that teaches real sleights with well-made props. There was material in there that I would totally do on my own--not just kid stuff. I look at who's behind this and then it all makes sense--it's Jim Steinmeyer (which probably explains why it was in the Castle gift shop), Nicholas Night, Mike Caveney, Jonathan Levit and others.

They are doing it as something you can subscribe to if you want to continue--a box of the month thing. That could get pricey. But the material and training videos in the first box--the one I bought at the Castle--was solid at least.


Thanks so much for the kind words!
The Magic Castle now carries the first three of our boxes, and also our kid-size playing cards Smile

Also, we are now delivering Box Six this month, and as we complete boxes we release some of the tricks for individual purchase. Plus, you can also see performance videos of every trick in each box at our main site: https://TheNightAcademy.com

Thanks again for mentioning us, Evil Clown!! (not so evil, after all...)
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